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Latest News: Jazz

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 29th May 2020

by Josh Lee

Josh recommends some of the latest jazz new releases, including a couple of bassists, some jazz harmonica, a bit of free-form improv and electronica experimentation.

 Classic Album Review, Miles Davis - In a Silent Way

by Josh Lee

Josh revisits Miles Davis's pivotal recording In a Silent Way, quieter little brother to the following year's Bitches Brew.

 Recording of the Week, Stefanie Kunckler Ymonos - Amateur

by Josh Lee

Josh enjoys the heady mix of accordion, piano, and bass clarinet on Stefanie Kunkler Ymonos's Amateur, composer and double bassist Kunklers's eminently listenable second album for Unit Records.

 Classic Album Review, Herbie Nichols

by Matt Groom

Between 1955 and 1957 pianist and composer Herbie Nichols recorded four classic albums before passing away in obscurity in 1964, leaving it to later generations to discover his true genius. Matt argues the case for placing Nichols alongside Monk in the pantheon of jazz pianists.

 Recording of the Week, Tony Kofi - Another Kind of Soul

by Matt Groom

Matt enjoys Tony Kofi's jazz salute to the music and influence of Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley.

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 30th April 2020

by Matt Groom

Norwegian jazz-thrashers, moody ambiences, lost fusion-gems rediscovered and more in the latest new release round-up.

 Classic Album Review, Charles Mingus - The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady

by Josh Lee

This week Josh pirouettes to Mingus's celebrated jazz-ballet The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady for the latest Classic Album choice.

 Obituary, Lee Konitz (1927-2020)

by Matt Groom

The jazz world loses one of the originators of 'The Cool School', saxophonist Lee Konitz.

 Classic Album Review, Steve Lacy - Morning Joy

by Matt Groom

One of the finest jazz recordings of the eighties, Steve Lacy's Morning Joy continues to hold its fascination over thirty years later.

 Recording of the Week, Shabaka & The Ancestors - We Are Sent Here By History

by Josh Lee

Josh immerses himself in the prophetic messages of Shabaka and the Ancestors.

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 3rd April 2020

by Matt Groom

A roundup of the best new releases, with some terrific new albums from female composers and performers.

 Obituary, Ellis Marsalis Jr (1934-2020)

by Matt Groom

Ellis Marsalis jr, pianist, educator and father of Wynton and Branford, has passed away from suspected COVID-19 infection.

 Classic Album Review, John Coltrane - Giant Steps

by Josh Lee

This week Josh revisits John Coltrane's timeless mid-period masterpiece Giant Steps.

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 20th March 2020

by Matt Groom

The new releases keep on coming, no matter what! Matt offers his pick of the most interesting sounds out there, from Africa to South America, Poland to Scandinavia.

 Recording of the Week, Shri - The Letter

by Matt Groom

Bass supremo Shri presents a selection of his vivid tone poems, recorded in a hut in the Norwegian mountains with Bugge Wesseltoft and guests.

 Classic Album Review, McCoy Tyner - The Real McCoy

by Matt Groom

It was a sad coincidence to hear of McCoy Tyner's passing shortly after posting this Classic Album Review of The Real McCoy. Thankfully Tyner's wonderful 60-year contribution to music lives on.

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 28th February 2020

by Matt Groom

Anybody for some Georgian folk music crossed with microtonal jazz? What's that? I read your mind... then join us for the latest jazz new release round-up.

 Recording of the Week, Ivo Neame & Jim Hart - Multiverse

by Matt Groom

Ivo Neame and Jim Hart set the controls for the heart of the sun on the terrific Multiverse project.

 Classic Album Review, Herbie Hancock - Thrust

by Matt Groom

Herbie Hancock's Thrust is a jazz-funk tour de force that saw the keyboard whiz-kid experimenting with new gear and an exciting new drummer.

 New Release Round-up, Jazz New Release Round-Up - 14th February 2020

by Matt Groom

New albums from pianist Aaron Diehl, drummer Trilok Gurtu, guitar legend Pat Metheny, fusion from Eric Vloeimans and a compilation of Maynard Ferguson live in the mid-seventies.

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